Barbara Butt

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BUTT, BARBARA N., 81, of Annapolis, died May 11, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born April, 7, 1932, in New Haven, Connecticut to the late John Edward Nettleton and Alice Thiel Nettleton. Mrs. Butt grew up in Milford, Connecticut. She graduated from Douglass College, Rutgers University with a degree in English, in 1954. Following her graduation she worked for several years as Managing Editor for the Douglass College newspaper, assisted with public relations for Douglass College, was president of the New Jersey Collegiate Press Association and was a reporter for the Bridgeport, Conn. Post Telegram. In 1957, she married Harvey R. Butt, Jr. MD, in New Brunswick, NJ. They lived in Columbus, Ohio, while Dr. Butt completed his residency in anesthesiology. They settled in Annapolis, MD in 1960. In 1973, Mrs. Butt joined Ralph Crosby in a new public relations business, which eventually became Crosby Marketing Communications. The company became one of the largest ad/PR agencies in the mid-Atlantic states. She served as senior vice president until her retirement in December, 2004. For a number of years she was editor of the company's three tourist publications, including Rambling Thru Annapolis, and promoted such groups as the Annapolis Arts Festival, the Anne Arundel County Fair and the Anne Arundel County Health Department's "Learn to Live" program, which has won numerous public relations awards. Mrs. Butt was a founder and vice president of Central Chesapeake Chapter, Public Relations Society of America, and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Maryland Chapter, PRSA, in 2007. In retirement, she was a volunteer information specialist at the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau, and a volunteer at the Annapolis Maritime Museum. She and her husband traveled the world and Mrs. Butt was an award-winning amateur photographer. Mrs. Butt was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey, of 55 years, her sister, Audrey Nettleton Smith, and grandson, Carl Lanier. She is survived by her daughter, Susan Butt Lanier and husband, Bruce, of Edgewater; son, Gary Alan Butt and wife, Heidi Kline Butt of Severna Park; sister, Jeanne Nettleton Baker of Mystic, CT; five grandchildren, Alan, David and Thomas Lanier and Makarios and Malachi Butt. Friends may visit from 7 to 9 pm., Friday, May 24 at Hardesty Funeral Home, P.A., 12 Ridgely Ave., Annapolis. A memorial service will be held at 11 am., Saturday, May 25 at Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, 333 Dubois Road, Annapolis, MD, 21401. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis. Online condolences may be placed at
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Annapolis, MD 21401
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Published in The Capital on May 21, 2013
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